• Unlike any other lizard in the subcontinent, spiny-tailed lizards are vegetarians, an unusual dietary specialisation in a desert with scant rainfall and sparse plant life.
  • Vulnerable to starvation in drought years, they make do with locusts.
  • Otherwise, they don’t give the insects a second glance.
  • Unlike other herbivores, the spiny tailed lizards lack the teeth to chew their greens.
  • And unlike other lizards that lead independent solitary lives, these social creatures live in colonies.
  • This combination of exceptional habits fascinated Ramesh.
  • For a hundred years, no one had investigated the species.
  • Studying it isn’t for anyone who wilts like a flower in the infernal desert summer.